Truro walkers raise awareness of kidney disease

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TRURO - More than 50 people walked through downtown Truro Saturday morning to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Linda Wildsmith, treasurer of the Truro branch of the Kidney Foundation, watched in excitement as the registration line for the Give the Gift of Life walk began to grow around 9 a.m. at the corner of Prince and Walker streets.

“It makes me so happy to see so many people standing in line to register,” she said.

Wildsmith said the local group was aiming to raise about $10,000 for kidney research during the event, while raising awareness of the disease.

“I walk for my mother-in-law that I never got to meet,” said the volunteer. “She died of Kidney failure. And for my pastor’s son.”

She said her pastor donated a kidney to give the give of life to his six-year-old son.

The walkers wound their way along Walker and Queen streets, then down Robie Street, along Juniper Drive and back to the starting point along Prince Street.

Todd Gilmore, his wife Nancy and their two children did an early morning drive from Lawrencetown, near Halifax, to walk with his dad Art Gilmore, of Truro, who is affected by the disease.

“We are here so hopefully they will be able to find some kind of cure and to support the cause to make life easier for those that have the disease,” said Nancy.

Foundation volunteer Bonnie Stevens said she was walking for her husband and loves the comradery of the group.

“It’s a necessity of fundraising and it’s making people aware,” she said about her reason for joining the walkers. Stevens added that people need to have a better understanding of the disease and events like the walk in downtown Truro help deliver that message.

Organizations: Kidney Foundation

Geographic location: Robie Street, Prince Street, Lawrencetown Halifax

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